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Domingo, 15 Agosto 2021 15:37 | Actualizado em Quinta, 21 Outubro 2021 17:58

Hyundai Motorsport Preview: PURE ETCR Round 4 - Hungaroring
  • Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to bounce back at the fourth round of the PURE ETCR season, as the series moves to the Hungaroring next weekend (August 20-22)
  • The team is on a mission to secure its first overall victory at the event as it seeks to redouble its efforts in the championship battles
  • Jean-Karl Vernay, Augusto Farfus, John Filippi and Tom Chilton will look to leverage their previous experience of racing at the Hungaroring as they hunt down the King of the Weekend title.

 Hyundai Motorsport is hungry for success at the fourth round of the 2021 PURE ETCR season, due to take place next weekend (August 20-22) at the Hungaroring.
Hyundai Motorsport N is on a mission to secure its first overall victory in the penultimate round of the year at the iconic racing circuit. At the previous round in Copenhagen, Augusto Farfus and Jean-Karl Vernay both topped their respective Pools after the first two rounds with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, however the team failed to capitalise on its advantage on the final day.
Tom Chilton missed out on a well-earned haul of points after a puncture, caused by a sharp edge on the track, forced him to retire from his Super Final while running in second place. His team-mate John Filippi demonstrated promising pace early in the event, but struggled to return to form after an accident in a test session affected his confidence.
In the break between events, the team has identified areas for improvement as it seeks to redouble its efforts in the championship battle. With plenty of points-scoring opportunities in PURE ETCR, the team’s focus will be on closing the gap to the lead of the standings.
Drivers will have two Free Practice sessions on Friday 20 August to get up to speed at the Hungaroring ahead of the PURE ETCR draw that evening. This decides the Pools for the weekend, as well as the first Battle groups in Round 1, held on the morning of Saturday 21 August. The results determine the Round 2 Battles later that day. Round 3’s time trials on Sunday 22 August set the grids for each Pool’s Super Final.
Hyundai Motorsport Director of Marketing and PR, Stefan Ph. Henrich said: “Our team has been on a steep learning curve in PURE ETCR, and while we didn’t have the results we deserved or hoped for in Copenhagen, we will be seeking retribution next weekend in Hungary. We’re still hunting down our first overall victory, and all four of our drivers have shown they can be quick in the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR. The championship standings are as close as the on-track racing, but we need to be topping the classification in every Round of the final events of the season to regain lost ground.”
Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I definitely need to be strong in the next round of the PURE ETCR. If we have expectations of winning the championship, we need to focus on winning the weekend. So far I have only managed second and two fourths, and this is not the way we want to finish. We have to start taking overall victories and it has to happen in this next round. Fortunately, I really like this circuit and I hope to use my past successes to full advantage next weekend.”
Augusto Farfus said: “The Hungaroring is a great track. I have a lot of good memories and have won a few races there. I haven’t tested at the circuit with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR, so it will be a whole new experience for me. I’m going to give it my all to bring home our first overall victory in PURE ETCR. I have been close to this goal in the past, so my focus has to be on scoring as many points as I can.”
John Filippi said: “I’m hoping my previous experience of racing at the Hungaroring will help me start the weekend on the front foot. I was disappointed I couldn’t show my full potential with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR in Copenhagen, but I was able to demonstrate good pace in the free practice sessions. My target is for a strong weekend from start to finish; victories in the Battle Rounds will be crucial, as well as a good lap in the time trial to secure the best starting position in the Super Final.”
Tom Chilton said: “
I love the Hungaroring. It’s a circuit where I have finished on the podium many times in world touring cars. We tested there with the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR car in both dry and wet conditions and I was really enjoying the track. We learned a lot, especially in the wet running with the car, so if it does rain I think we will be prepared. I always like going to Hungary and I can’t wait to race there again.”

About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Customer Racing and electric racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions between 2016 and 2018 before claiming its first title in 2019 and repeating the feat in 2020. Since the establishment of its Customer Racing activities in September 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has become a trusted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on the rally stages or on racetracks around the world. From its competitive i20 R5 rally car to the competitive i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain, as well as consecutive titles in the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in 2018 and 2019. Designed and built at its Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR was unveiled in September 2019 and heralds an exciting new era, in which electric racing is set to become one of the company’s pillars. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC, Customer Racing and electric racing are together playing instrumental roles in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand and are supporting an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world.
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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company is present in over 200 countries with more than 120,000 employees dedicated to tackling real-world mobility challenges around the globe. Based on the brand vision ‘Progress for Humanity,' Hyundai Motor is accelerating its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider. The company invests in advanced technologies such as robotics and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to bring about revolutionary mobility solutions, while pursuing open innovation to introduce future mobility services.  In pursuit of sustainable future for the world, Hyundai will continue its efforts to introduce zero emission vehicles equipped with industry-leading hydrogen fuel cell and EV technologies.
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